Coven Gathering Wednesday, September , 2017 at 7:15 PM CT

WHEN:

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Gathering Starts at 7:00 PM ST
Circle Behind at 7:15 PM ST SHARP

To find your local time you can use this Time Zone Converter or any other one you chose:

https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

WHERE:

Coven Life Chat Room

To open an account or enter the private chat room please click on this link:

https://ladybeltane.discussionchatroom.com/

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
Just yourself

As I am on vacation this month the circle gathering will be for the initiation of to novices becoming adepts and full coven members.

RITUAL:

Lady Beltane: I call upon the element of Air to reside in the Watchtower of the East to protect all those gathered here from all negative entities and energies.
I call upon the element of Fire to reside in the Watchtower of the South to protect all those gathered here from all negative entities and energies.
I call upon the element of Water to reside in the Watchtower of the West to protect all those gathered here from all negative entities and energies.
I call upon the element of Earth to reside in the Watchtower of the North to protect all those gathered here from all negative entities and energies.
I call upon Hekate, maiden, mother, crone, and protector of all witches, I call upon the Green Man, Lord of the hunt and consort of Hekate, to walk this circle with me three times round to protect the witches here a round. To give us your guidance and lead us with your wisdom.

Everyone: Please introduce yourself, first name only, and tell us what state or country you live in

LADY BELTANE – Will those who are seeking to be initiated into our coven tonight as full members and to study as an adept please come forward.

Frank and Two Feathers: Please type in – I now stand before our High Priestess and our Coven.

Lady Beltane: Do you stand before us of your own free will?

Frank and Two Feathers: Answer

Lady Beltane: Do to you take a vow to keep the identities of all here present a secret unto yourself?

Frank and Two Feathers: Answer

Lady Beltane: Do you vow to uphold the sanctity of our coven and keep all working within it unto yourself?

Frank and Two Feathers: Answer

Lady Beltane: By what name shall you be called by from this day forth within our coven and the pagan community as a whole?

Frank and Two Feathers: Answer

Lady Beltane:  Please welcome _______ into our coven and community.

Everyone: Please type in your welcome and/or blessing to our new adept.

Lady Beltane –  ______ please take your place back within our circle. You have received the blessings of the coven now please receive mine as well. May your time among us be filled with positive energy, love, and laughter.

Lady Beltane: I dismiss the element of Air from the Watchtower of the East with our thanks for protecting all those gathered here from all negative entities and energies.
I dismiss the element of Fire from the Watchtower of the South for protecting all those gathered here from all negative entities and energies.
I dismiss the element of Water from the Watchtower of the West for protecting all those gathered here from all negative entities and energies.
I dismiss the element of Earth from the Watchtower of the North for protecting all those gathered here from all negative entities and energies.
I dismiss Hekate, maiden, mother, crone, and protector of all witches, I dismiss the Green Man, Lord of the hunt and consort of Hekate, with our love and thanks for giving us your guidance and leading us with your wisdom.

The circle is now open but never broken. Go in love and peace. Blessed be brothers and sisters.

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Coven Gathering Friday, June 9, 2017 at 7:00 PM CT

This will be a short circle this month as it is to finish what was began on the last New Moon in May. There will also be an adept ceremony at the end.

WHEN:

Friday, June 9, 2017

Gathering starts at 7:00 PM CT

Circle will begin at 7:15 PM CT SHARP

Please do not enter the chat room after 7:17 PM CT as it will break our circle

WHERE:

Coven Life’s chat roo

https://ladybeltane.discussionchatroom.com/

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

For those who attended the New Moon gathering on May 25, 2017, you will tell us if your goal was reached or if it is still in progress.

For those who did not attend that gathering, you will not need anything.

FULL MOON GATHERING:

Lady Beltane: I call upon Hecate and Mother Earth to walk this circle with me to provide protection to all inside from negativity. To protect those outside of our circle that nothing we do may cause them harm.

We will take 2 minutes to allow the energy to rise within ou circle.

Everyone: One at a time please share with your coven how your goal you set at the New Moon gathering was met or if you are still trying to achieve it.

LADY BELTANE – Will those who are seeking to be initiated into our coven tonight as full members and to study as an adept please come forward.

Amber: Please type in – I now stand before our High Priestess and our Coven.

Lady Beltane: Do you stand before us of your own free will?

Amber: Answer

Lady Beltane: Do to you take a vow to keep the identities of all here presence a secret unto yourself?

Amber: Answer

Lady Beltane: Do you vow to uphold the sanctity of our coven and keep all working within it unto yourself?

Amber: Answer

Lady Beltane: By what name shall you be called by from this day forth within our coven and the pagan community as a whole?

Amber: Answer

Lady Beltane:  Please welcome _______ into our coven and community.

Everyone: Please type in your welcome and/or blessing to our new adept.

Lady Beltane –  ______ please take your place back within our circle. You have received the blessings of the coven now please receive mine as well. May your time among us be filled with positive energy, love, and laughter.

We thank you, Hecate and Mother Earth for your help in reaching the goals we set for ourselves and for those who are still working on theirs. We thank you for the energy and protection you have given to us here in this circle to tonight. Please go with our gratitude and love.

The circle is open but not broken. May you all go in peace, love and remember you have been among your brothers and sister this night in friendship. Blessed be dear ones.

 

 

June Coven Life’s Coven Gathering

WHEN:

Friday, June 9, 2017

Gathering starts at 7:00 PM CT

CIRCLE starts at 7:15 PM CT SHARP

WHERE:

Coven Life Chatroom:

To set up an account and/or sign into chatroom please click on this link:

https://ladybeltane.discussionchatroom.com/

TOPICS:

Welcoming Summer

Novices moving to adept level of studies and becoming full coven members

The full ritual will be posted a minimin one week before the gathering.

All About Beltane – Celebrating the Fertility of Spring

April’s showers have given way to rich and fertile earth, and as the land greens, there are few celebrations as representative of fertility as Beltane. Observed on May 1st (or October 31 – November 1 for our Southern Hemisphere readers), festivities typically begin the evening before, on the last night of April. It’s a time to welcome the abundance of the fertile earth, and a day that has a long (and sometimes scandalous) history.

Depending on your tradition, there are a number of ways you can celebrate this Sabbat.

RITUALS AND CEREMONIES

There are many different ways you can celebrate Beltane, but the focus is nearly always on fertility. It’s the time when the earth mother opens up to the fertility god, and their union brings about healthy livestock, strong crops, and new life all around.

Here are a few rituals you may want to think about trying—and remember, any of them can be adapted for either a solitary practitioner or a small group, with just a little planning ahead.

By Patti Wigington for more on Beltane please click on this link: https://www.thoughtco.com/guide-to-the-beltane-celebration-2561640?utm_campaign=list_paganwiccan&utm_content=20170427&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl&utm_term=list_paganwiccan

Full Moon Coven Life’s Coven Gathering 2/10/2017 at 7:00 PM CT

Full Moon Coven Gathering
Our coven gathering will be on February 10,2017 at 7:00 PM CT. See banner on left or if on device other than a computer scroll down to find banner for information on time conversions and how to enter our chat room.
During this full Moon gathering we will be doing a healing ritual and welcoming new novices as junior members of Coven Life’s Coven and an adept as full coven members. If you or someone you know could be helped by the healing ritual please either email the person’s name and what illness they have to ladybeltane@aol.com or leave their name and illness in a comment below.
Needed for Healing Ritual:
1 white or green-any shade is fine 12 inch taper candle
Something sharp to carve person’s name into candle
Sandalwood or Eucalyptus existential oil to bless candle with

Nothing is needed for the welcoming part of the circle.
I will be posting the ritual I hope tomorrow. I am working seven days a week right now and only have it half finished.

Covens vs. Solitary Practice

It’s an argument that comes up frequently in the Pagan community, particularly among those who identify as Wiccans. There’s one school of thought that says “only a witch can make a witch,” which means you must be initiated and part of a coven — typically a lineaged one — before you can claim to be Wiccan, Pagan, or any other variety thereof. There’s another camp that says anyone can be a witch or Pagan, and what matters more than initiation and coven connections is what’s in your heart and soul.

Will people ever agree on these things?

It’s pretty unlikely.

However, as you begin your studies of Wicca and other forms of Paganism, you may at some point be offered the opportunity to join a group. You may also find that you really prefer working alone. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of covens vs. solitary practice, so that when the time comes for you to make a decision, you can do so with some knowledge under your belt.

For the rest of this article by Patty Wigington please click on the following link: http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/wiccaandpaganismbasics/a/CovenVsSolitary.htm

Back to Basics: Magical Theory – Part 5

Wondering about the hows and whys of magic? Today we’re going to take a look at some basic techniques such as grounding and shielding, as well as what makes magic effective, why some people don’t bother with it, and the simplest way to craft your own spell.

The Cone of Power

In studying some magical traditions, you may hear a reference to something called the Cone of Power. But what exactly is it, and where did the idea come from?

Traditionally, the cone of power is a method of raising and directing energy by a group. Essentially, the people involved stand in a circle to form the base of the cone. In some rituals, they may connect to each other physically by holding hands, or they may simply visualize energy flowing between the members of the group.

As energy is raised – whether by chanting, singing, or other methods – a cone forms above the group, and eventually reaches its apex above. In many magical systems, it is believed that this energy continues on past the point at the top of the cone, traveling out infinitely into the universe.

For the rest of this article by Patty Wigington please click on the following link: http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/MagicalTheory/fl/The-Cone-of-Power.htm?utm_content=20160216&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl&utm_campaign=list_paganwiccan&utm_term=list_paganwiccan

Back to Basics: Magical Theory – Part 5

Wondering about the hows and whys of magic? Today we’re going to take a look at some basic techniques such as grounding and shielding, as well as what makes magic effective, why some people don’t bother with it, and the simplest way to craft your own spell.

The Cone of Power

In studying some magical traditions, you may hear a reference to something called the Cone of Power. But what exactly is it, and where did the idea come from?

Traditionally, the cone of power is a method of raising and directing energy by a group. Essentially, the people involved stand in a circle to form the base of the cone. In some rituals, they may connect to each other physically by holding hands, or they may simply visualize energy flowing between the members of the group.

To read the rest of this article please click on this link: http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/MagicalTheory/fl/The-Cone-of-Power.htm?utm_content=20160216&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl&utm_campaign=list_paganwiccan&utm_term=list_paganwiccan

I Have NEVER Lost my Faith Through this Rough Time on My Life’s Journey

While it is usually Christians and other mainstream religions we hear them say in rough times to “Never lose your faith” or “God will never give you more than you can handle.” This is also true for pagans except to change the wording a little to something like”Your Gods and/or Goddesses will never give you anything in your life that you can not handle without their help.”

As many of you know I have had many negative things happen in my life starting the Beginning of last August with my mom going into a coma and crossing to the Summerlands and me trying to cope with it. I also found out a dear friend of mine has breast cancer and an infection that could have possibly killed he. My oldest daughter has been diagnosed with a temporal malformation which in the right set of circumstances could kill her. Also, my husband was laid off work this past Monday. Last but not least the small restaurant I work at, business has slowed way down because of the time of year it is. so I am not working as many hours.

To be honest, with you dear ones all these things happening had put me into a deep depression but never once have I turned away from my spirit guides, gods and goddesses. I may have blocked their words of wisdom and comfort out to wallow in my own self-pity but I still believed deep within my spirit they are there to help me through this.

After reading a new book, Coloring the Soul With Hope: Poetry to help heal depression, loss and anger written and published by my dearest spirit sister I came away with a different outlook on some of what has been going on in my life. She was concerned that someone had hexed or cursed me for some reason. Through talking with her, I discovered I was cursing myself with my depression thus bring about more negative things in my life and in those of my loved ones.

Remember it is not our Gods and/or Goddesses that give up on us it is we that give up on them and thus give up hope of things getting better. So with this in mind, I am taking a spiritual/mental/physical health day. To accomplish this, I plan on napping or resting as much as I can, doing a couple of intense meditations and a ritual to help turn the negatives in my life into positives. I will ask the divine Triple Goddess and my spirit guides for guidance, Mother Earth to help re-ground and center, RA for his warmth and energy to motivate me into living this lifetime to its fullest,  Archangel Gabriel to wrap me in his wings of comfort and love and Archangel Micheal to protect me with his sword and shield while I find my way back to me. I also plan to re-dedicate myself to the Pagan path I have chosen, give all my Chakras and home a good cleansing with White Sage and Sweet Grass,  Goddesses and God I chose as patron deities and The Craft. I might not get this all done today but I will before the week is out. I feel it is important to set realistic goals for one’s self so I Will break my goals down to be accomplished throughout this week.

The book that has inspired me to get off the pity pot can br found to buy by clicking on this link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BC58OA4?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_d_detailpage_o00_

What is an Animal Familiar?

In some traditions of modern Paganism, including the various Wiccan paths, the concept of an animal familiar is incorporated into practice. Today, a familiar is often defined as an animal with whom we have a magical connection, but in truth, the concept is a bit more complex than this.

History of the Familiar

During the days of the European witch hunts, familiars were “said to be given to witches by the devil,” according to Rosemary Guiley’s Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft.

To read the rest of this article by Patty Wigington on About.com please click on this link: http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/magicandspellwork/a/AnimalFamiliars.htm